Improving neurosurgery for malignant brain tumors
By Admin | September 25, 2018
Important research by Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgeons and University of Washington (UW) scientists on novel imaging technology for malignant brain tumors was published in the August issue of the Nature journal, Scientific Reports. The research was conducted by Drs. Mark Preul and Evgenii Belykh at the Barrow Neurological Institute Neurosurgery Research Laboratory along with Drs. Leonard Nelson and Eric Seibel from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Human Photonics Laboratory at the University of Washington.
The neurosurgeons and scientists evaluated use of state-of-the-art optical technology built into commercial grade operating microscopes used in neurosurgery to detect the glow produced by adding the pro-drug 5-ALA to experimental malignant brain tumors. 5-ALA is approved for administration to patients to increase the detection of the margin of invading brain glioma tumors, and thereby allow for a wider or more extensive brain tumor removal. As the most important visualization tool in daily use for neurosurgery, operating microscopes are gaining advanced functionality with innovative illumination modes.
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